BC Bear Facts

October Update: 10/4/20

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE:

Dear Boulder Creek Families,


Welcome to October! I hope this message finds your family healthy. This month's BC Bear Facts is filled with VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION about County Health and School Restrictions, Protocols, Parent School Involvement, and much more. Please review it carefully so you remain up-to-date with what your family needs to know as our students learn during these unprecedented times.


Sincerely,


Tina Croes

Under What Circumstances Could Boulder Creek Students Move to Distance Learning?

Even though we are doing everything possible to remain in Phase 3 - In-person Learning, there are some circumstances that may require we enter Distance Learning as a school or as a cohort. These situations include:


  • Directive of public health

  • Positive cases at a school site(s)

  • Inadequate staffing for classrooms (due to staff illness or quarantine)

  • A decline in county conditions resulting in a move to the “widespread” tier


It is always our intention to provide as much notice as possible so our parents can plan accordingly. However, under some circumstances listed above the notice may be short. Please click HERE for a parent message from EESD that includes the most up-to-date county health information as it relates to our schools as well as a link to the ever-changing CDC COVID-19 symptom list.

IN-PERSON LEARNER ABSENCES vs SHORT-TERM DISTANCE LEARNING

Does my child automatically log on like a Long-Term Distance Learner when he/she is absent?

The answer is no. If your child is an In-Person Learner and is absent for a day or a few days, he/she will not log on as a distance learner. Instead, your child will be marked absent (excused, unexcused, or unverified) and the work will be made up upon return to school. However, if your In-Person Learner has a symptom on the COVID-19 checklist or has been asked to quarantine by Shasta County Public Health, you will need to call the school office and make arrangements for Short-Term Distance Learning. The office will notify your child's teacher and he/she will contact you to arrange for 10-14 day distance learning. Once again, this arrangement as well as any other absences lasting five or more school days MUST BE INITIATED in the school office.

PICTURE DAYS - OCTOBER 14th and 15th

Picture Days are coming up on Wednesday and Thursday, October 14 and 15. Teachers will announce to their students and/or parents which day is their picture day. Our Long-term Distance Learning students are scheduled for pictures on Thursday from 10:15-12:15. There is no appointment necessary. Pictures are in the gym for DL students. DL students and parents will park in the back parking lot, enter through the designated gate, and proceed to the big gym. Make sure you are wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. A picture make-up day will be scheduled, likely in December, for students who are absent or are on 10-14 day Short-term Distance Learning.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Phase 3 = In-Person Learning with Restrictions

Remember, when you decided to send your child back to school for Phase 3 - In-person Learning, you agreed to the following in accordance with with the district's re-opening plan (see link below):


  • EVERY MORNING BEFORE LEAVING FOR SCHOOL take your child's temperature and run through the EESD self-screening checklist. See the CDC symptom list. Students and adults with any of the symptoms on the list should stay home and notify the office.


  • Students will arrive as close as possible to the start time (see bell schedule below) of the youngest child in the household. There will be no early drop-off as the playground and cafeteria will be closed per Shasta County Public Health and the need to not mix cohorts of students. Students will go directly to their classes upon arrival and will not be allowed to congregate on school grounds.


  • Adults/volunteers are not allowed onto campus without a pre-approved appointment. ALL adults must wear a mask when on campus.


  • We will make an exception to the above in the mornings for Kindergarten students only. Parents wearing a mask may walk K's to the exterior classroom door and leave promptly.

  • ALL students (TK-8) will wear a mask and practice social distancing when arriving on campus and departing at the end of the day, as these are our highest traffic times. PLEASE BE SURE YOUR CHILD LEAVES THE HOUSE IN THE MORNING WITH HIS/HER MASK. If you need help obtaining a washable mask for your child, please contact your child's teacher or our school office.


  • ALL 3-8 students are required to wear a mask while on campus with the exception of lunch, as they are eating, and during outdoor recess and PE times. K-2 students are also encouraged, although not required, to wear a mask while in class.


  • At a minimum, all students will be asked to wash and/or sanitize their hands every time they enter or exit the classroom.


  • Students will need to maintain social distancing wherever feasible while at school. They should always follow the directions of their teachers or support staff.


Please review these rules with your child so he/she knows what is expected before they return.

CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING EESD SCHOOL YEAR PLAN BUTTON FOR OUR DISTRICT'S DETAILED PLAN.

EESD School Year Plan for 2020-2021

Please review this plan with your child before returning to campus.

DROP-OFF/PICK-UP TIMES AND PARKING LOT PROCEDURES Where/when should I drop-off and pick-up?

Grade-Level Start and End Times

If you have more than one child at Boulder Creek, your family's start time is decided by the start time of the youngest child in the family. Teachers know which of their students are older siblings and therefore will not mark them tardy for coming in a little late. This flexibility is built-in because we can't have younger siblings on campus early with no place to go. Please see the times below and drop-off accordingly so all children in the family can go straight to class upon arrival.


School Start Times:

  • 6-8 grades begin at 8:00 am (classrooms and office gate will be open at 7:45)

  • 3-5 grades begin at 8:07 am (classrooms and gates will be open at 7:52)

  • K-2 grades begin at 8:15 am (classrooms and gates will be open at 8:00)


Students will be released from class based upon the dismissal time of the youngest child in the family. This way, parents will not have to wait for two or three dismissal times. This helps us clear our parking lots must faster and avoid long periods of time with many students in our pick-up areas. Students will be walked to a designated pick-up area (see below) and remain with their teacher/classmates. If they have an older sibling(s), the sibling will be excused from class early to meet their youngest sibling at the designated pick-up area. Please coordinate this with your children.


School End Times:

  • 4-8 dismissal @ 1:10 pm (teachers on duty in assigned lot) until 1:25 pm

  • K-3 dismissal @ 1:00 pm (teachers on duty in assigned lot) until 1:15 pm


It is crucial that your child/children are picked up from school on time. We do not want them to mix cohorts, and there is no supervision for them beyond their own teachers' duty time.

Assigned Parking Lots for Drop-off and Pick-up

This year, you will be assigned to a specific parking lot for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. It is extremely important that you stick to this because your child will be taken to this area after school. If you have multiple BC children, we do not want you to have to go from parking lot to parking lot, so you will be picking all of your children up together in one location.


This location is decided by the youngest child in the family. Older children in the family will need to find their youngest sibling at the pick-up location that is assigned to that sibling's grade level. For example, Kindergarten will be picked up in the front parking lot, so all older siblings of Kindergartners will be dismissed at the Kindergarten dismissal time to find their Kindergarten sibling's class at the front of the school and wait for their parent there together. We will be out to help older siblings find their pick-up point. This should only take a day or two to get into the routine of where to go.


Parking Lot Assignments by Grade-Level:

  • TK/K (and all older siblings) - Front Lot
  • 1 and 2 (and all older siblings) - Back Lot

  • 3 and 4 (and all older siblings) - Front Lot

  • 5 (and all older siblings) - Back Lot

  • 6-8 (and all older siblings) Front Lot


Please do not arrive earlier than your youngest child's release time (see above), as we want to be able to clear the parking lot quickly for each group. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please review the BC Flow of Traffic Map in order to determine which way to enter/exit the campus from the neighborhood depending on which parking lot you are assigned. Front lot = red arrows. Back lot = green arrows.

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Please come into the parking lot from the appropriate direction in the neighborhood. Traffic gets blocked when cars are trying to cross-over at the east driveway. If everyone follows the flow of traffic, entering and exiting the parking lots shortly after 1:00 p.m. should be a continuous flow like an open faucet.

SLOW DOWN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

Please remember to slow down as you enter and exit the neighborhood from Churn Creek and other busy roads. Boulder Creek is located in a residential neighborhood, and we always try to be respectful of our neighbors. We have had complaints from residents on Whistling, Springer, and Spaniel that vehicles are driving too fast. This is dangerous for our neighbors and our children who walk to and from school. Please slow down.

Walkers at Dismissal

All of our K-3 (1:00 p.m.) walkers meet in a designated area upon dismissal. A staff member will walk those students to our crosswalk area on the west side of the school to meet their parents or older siblings. If you choose to park off-campus and meet your child or have your child meet you on the public sidewalk/street, please park up Springer Drive on the west side of the school so you and your children are not trying to navigate the driveways during the busy dismissal times. Your child will be brought to you at the crosswalk if you notify your teacher to let them know your child is a walker and needs to meet you there. ALWAYS USE THE CITY-PAINTED CROSSWALK when crossing in front of the school.


PLEASE DO NOT WALK YOUR CHILDREN IN THE DRIVEWAY ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE CAMPUS! There is traffic flowing in and out of the front and back parking lot and the east driveways are for VEHICLES ONLY. There are no sidewalks in this location. If you walk your children this way, they will think this is an approved practice and it is not. Please use the sidewalk and walk to the west to the crosswalk area. Stay on the sidewalks at all times. In addition, some families are trying to cross Springer in this location when staff members are assisting in the flow of traffic near the east driveway. This is NOT A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING. The City of Redding determines pedestrian crossings, not Boulder Creek. We will be asking you to use the crosswalk. Please understand and comply. Thank you.

OFFICE HOURS AND PROCEDURES

The Boulder Creek School Office is staffed from 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day. However, if you need to conduct school business in person, please call ahead and make an appointment so we can avoid a crowded office. Always remember to maintain a social distance of six feet and wear a mask when you come onto campus. Thank you.

LUNCH AND BREAKFAST

Teachers will be taking lunch and breakfast counts each day. Lunch will be served one grade-level at a time in the cafeteria to allow for feasible distancing. Breakfast will not be served on campus. Instead, non-perishable breakfast items will be offered to students as they exit the gates each day for students to take with them. Breakfast will be expected to be eaten at home before school. There will be no charge for breakfast or lunch through December.


Distance Learning families meal pick-up time on the curb each day from 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

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POWER SCHOOL PARENT PORTAL

By now, you should have received a letter from the district office about creating an account in the PowerSchool parent portal. The letter contains a unique username and password for each of your students, so you will want to hang onto it until you set up your account. You will be asked for your student access code. If you can't find this access code, please contact our school office for assistance. Why do you need to create a parent account? This is a secure platform through which you will receive your child’s report card, complete enrollment, and complete the necessary beginning of the year school forms like your child's emergency card. In the future, this is also how state testing results will be communicated. We have created how-to videos for you on our website, and you can always email help@eesd.net or call your school if you need further assistance.


Click HERE for the link to the parent portal.

IMPORTANT LINKS

  • help@eesd.net: for Chromebook questions (including how to get a device); technology troubleshooting as directed by your child's teacher
  • eesd.net: for online resources and other district information
  • bouldercreek.eesd.net: for weekly newsletters and other information